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Vol 5, No 5:
Tokyo’s Top Suites in time for the cherry blossoms
 
Check out our DGAE Library featuring:
Insider reviews of unique experiences from VIP supercar tours of Italy, treks to see the Polar Bears, safaris in Africa, Cuba by private jet and previews of top suites and villas at hotels and resorts across the USA, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brasil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Seychelles, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Tahiti, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam, plus on the high seas aboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Seaboard Encore, Crystal Esprit, Crystal Mozart, Crystal Symphony, Norwegian Breakaway, and Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas


 
Cherry blossoms in Tokyo

While there are many reasons to visit Tokyo, the cherry blossoms - typically the late March or early April - are one of the best times to visit. Just in time Travel + Leisure published the best five hotels in the Japanese city voted by its readers. We then took the initiative to find the best suites at each property, and they are the focus of this week’s newsletter. 

All the best,

Doug Gollan
Founder/Editor


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Table of Contents 

A.  Private Aviation Headlines
B.  Before You Buy Reports - Jets, Yachts, Villas
Best Suites at Top Tokyo Hotels
1.   The Peninsula Tokyo
2.   Palace Hotel Tokyo
3.   The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
4.   Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
5.   Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
6.   Executive Security Reports
7.   Jet Card Insider Reports
8.   Best Of DG Amazing Experiences Library


A.  Private Aviation Headlines



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Tokyo’s Top Suites
 
While I don’t hold a lot of stock in magazine reader polls and surveys, I do have to say they are fun to read. In the case of Travel + Leisure, I must admit the survey is so intense I typically give up on it - just too many questions, and too much time. That said, it’s a worthwhile guide and with cherry blossom season coming up in Tokyo, I figured it would be a good time to give you a look at the best suites in the hotels voted by the magazine’s readers as best in the Japanese city.
 
1. The Peninsula Tokyo
 
Winner for the second consecutive year as the favorite hotel from the readers of Travel + Leisure, The Peninsula Tokyo is located in the Marunouchi district. The magazine describes it this way: “High-tech, contemporary, and plush, this full-service hotel even has a fleet of luxury cars available for chauffeur service. The 314 rooms are spacious, with tasteful furnishings, marble bathrooms, and luxe details: Japanese lacquer, stone accents, detailed woodwork. Have afternoon tea in the lobby or an authentic Cantonese meal at the Hei Fung Terrace restaurant, followed by city-gazing cocktails at Peter the Bar.”
 
The Peninsula Suite

The 3,730 sq. ft. Peninsula Suites features something a bit unique in many of the tower hotels here - a sun-drenched private balcony. Styled throughout in contemporary Japanese minimalism, the suite is a statement in understated opulence with a grand piano, deep-pile carpets with floor-to-ceiling windows. 


The contemporary dining room can seat 12, and guests can enjoy the ultimate Japanese experience with a private Tea Ceremony conducted in their suite. 
 
2. Palace Hotel Tokyo
 
With a collection of more than 1,000 works by Japan’s most up-and-coming artists readers of Travel Leisure describe the Palace Hotel Tokyo as “contemporary yet elegant, this glittering property sits right at the edge of the moat next to the Imperial Palace. Generously sized rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, some with palace-view balconies. Ten restaurants and bars on-site means guests are spoiled for choice.”
 
Palace Suite

Located on18th floor, the Palace Suite is 2,260 sq. ft. or 2,690 sq. ft. with a connecting second bedroom. Designed as a chic urban residence, you’ll find shaded earthy tones and with contemporary furnishings and exquisite textiles and artwork throughout.

 
Its spacious living room and dining area are accented with hints of muted gold, soft grays and a splash of apricot, while warm hues of gold and aubergine intermingle. The master bedroom features a separate vanity area, spacious dressing room and a marble-clad bathroom with dual sinks, a shower and separate window-side soaking tub with built-in jets.
 
3. The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
 
The Ritz-Carlton “takes high-rise hotels to a whole new level— literally, as it occupies the top nine floors of the city’s second-tallest skyscraper, the Midtown Tower,” says Travel + Leisure, adding, “As you’d expect, the views from all 245 rooms are some of the best you’ll get in Tokyo (many take in Mount Fuji). And while most of the hotel is hyper-modern, the restaurant contains a reconstructed 200-year-old teahouse.”
 
The Ritz-Carlton Suite
 
The Ritz-Carlton Suite a 3,300 sq. ft. offers views of the Tokyo skyline and the Imperial Palace Garden. The aesthetic is contemporary East-Meet-West. 
 
4. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
 
Travel + Leisure calls the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo “one hotel that successfully blends the old and the new.” Readers, it says, raved about the amenities, “a mecca for art, shopping, design, and Michelin-starred restaurants.”
 
Presidential Suite

The 2,691 sq, ft, Presidential Suite on the 36th floor offers views of Tokyo Bay and Mount Fuji. The one-bedroom suite features a dining room, pantry, living room, spa bathroom and walk-in closet. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow the spaces to be flooded with light.
 
5. Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
 
T+L readers at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi “loved the sense of calm that pervaded the luxury hotel, which is set in one of the most frenetic parts of the city - picture crowds of commuters darting en masse amid futuristic, neon-lit skyscrapers.”
 
Chairman’s Suite

Located on the sixth floor, the 1,722 sq. ft. Chairman’s Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows provide an abundance of natural light in both the living room and bedroom of this executive-style, top-floor suite, as well as panoramic views of Tokyo Station and bustling Marunouchi.


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8. Our Most Popular Special Reports

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Cuba with your own private jet
 


From driving classic cars to cigars, nightlife, nature and the arts, Cuba has so much to do. Johnny Considine, the Irish owner of Cuba Private Travel, who has been living in Havana for 15 years, has been featured in the likes of the Financial Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler and The Telegraph. He recently told How To Spend It, “The quality of experience that you can have now in Cuba is top-notch. He can also arrange a tour of the island nation using your own private jet. Read more..


Seven hot superyachts for charter this Winter
 


We checked in with Northrop & Johnson’s top brokers to find out which superyachts are hot for the charter market this winter, and in our report are seven picks arranged by pricing, high to low. For each super yacht, you’ll find a summary of length, builder, launch and renovation dates, capacity for guests, number of cabins, range of rates, where each boat will be based for the winter season, minimum charter length, captain as well as list of toys.

Crystal Esprit is perfect for groups up to 64
 

Crystal Esprit sits in the wide gap between chartering a super yacht and even the smaller luxury cruise ships that take 200-300 passengers. There are 91 crew and 62 guests, and the passenger areas are spread across four decks. 

Explore hidden harbors and out of the way island beaches, swim to shore, splash out on wave runners, water toys and your own private submarine. Crystal Esprit is a 5-star floating resort for just 62 guests. You even can charter the entire yacht for celebrations or meetings. Read more



Tour Italy Like a VVIP By Super Car
 

1000 All’Ora combines its insider auto industry connections with the best of Italian luxury experiences. They arrange everything from hotels to restaurant reservations, sourcing the specific super car types you want and accompany your group providing VVIP service. 

They will also video your experience, including filming by drones, providing you with a memorable look back at your adventure. They arrange factory tours and behind the scenes visits to wineries, ateliers and museums. Below is a sample four-day itinerary, but at the end they will do whatever you want, wherever you want in Italy. Read more…



Takeovers in The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama
 



Sometimes you want to takeover the entire place. In this issue we look at three private resorts, visiting The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama. Each provides the privacy and personalized service that comes with your own residence, but offer more than a typical villa, and are perfect for friends, family and special events such as wedding and even corporate retreats. Read more





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A billionaire’s private island resort in Fiji
 


Laucala Island in Fiji was once the playground of publishing mogul Malcolm Forbes. Now owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, it is a private island resort with just 25 oversized villas bringing together high luxury and South Pacific romance in a playground of soft adventure, and even an 18-hole golf course. Each villa is different, designed with an eye to traditional Fijian style and all come with private pools set amidst the palms of coconut plantations, white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush green mountains. Read more…



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Why Waikiki is back as a luxury destination
 

 
Waikiki is back as a destination for luxury travelers. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach has joined the Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian and Trump International as 5-star options. But the real change is that both Waikiki and Honolulu have become a destination fit for foodies, adding to the increasing quotient of luxury shopping. Most importantly, and often overlooked, a quick drive to the other side of Oahu and you will find deserted beaches, hiking, biking and all sorts of soft adventure on par with Hawaii’s outer islands.  Read more...

Montage Los Cabos is Mexico’s newest star
 

With luxury hotels and resorts popping up around the world like Starbucks, it says something that the lead travel story in the South China Morning Post’s luxury magazine was recently about a resort on the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean, in this case the Montage Los Cabos, which opened in May. Conde Nast Traveler already put the resort on its list of “New Hotels and Spas Worth Traveling For” with the headline, “You Can Finally Swim in Cabo,” a reference to its location on one of the destination’s few swimmable beaches. In this Special Report we give you a detailed, inside look at its suites, villas and residences and all the amenities and facilities. Read more



Luxury on the Bund in Shanghai
 


If you are visiting on leisure or have extra time, or this is your first time coming to Shanghai, The Peninsula should be at the top your consideration set. It also has a board meeting room with stunning views of The Bund on the west bank Huangpu River. The area is notable for its beautiful waterfront buildings, many of which have been restored. If you are doing a product launch, there is some nice rooftop space, indoors and outside. Read more…
Fine and Fun Skyscraper Dining in Bangkok
 


lebua at State Tower in Bangkok has become the epicenter of Thailand’s move to award-winning internationaining, with 2-star Michelin restaurant Mezzaluna, Breeze, Sirocco, and soon Chef’s Table under the direction Vincent Thierry of the 3-star Michelin Caprice in Hong Kong. Of course, the nightlife is not restricted to restaurants with a multitude of specialty bars from The Flute A Perrier Jouet and Al fresco 64, a Chivas bar, lebua No. 3, with its caviar shooters and of course the bar that launched a worldwide trend, Skybar (pictured left). Read more...
Views of the lake in Geneva
 


In the center of Geneva, convenient to private banks and the United Nations, Hotel D'Angleterre is hotel with a view of Lake Leman, both from its top suites and fine dining restaurant. Part of the Red Carnation group of boutique luxury hotels, each suite and room has its own unique decor. Don’t forget to check out its new cigar lounge. Read more...

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